A legislative committee in Annapolis will hold a hearing later this week on a proposal to approve state funding for an environmental impact study to see if a third span of the Bay Bridge can be built in the coming years.
The legislation is sponsored by Eastern Shore Senator and former Ocean City Mayor Jim Mathias. The measure passed in the Senate last week.
The Maryland Transportation Authority would have to set aside one-million dollars or five percent of the cost each year for the environmental impact study. MdTA officials have said they are concerned about the cost of the study and the damage to the agency's credit rating.
Mathias tells WBAL News Now that creating another way for drivers to get from the western to eastern shore is important not only for businesses in that part of the state but for public safety.